Archive for April, 2013

24
Apr

Woman Denied Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits

April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

The Indiana Court of Appeals issued a ruling recently that found a woman was not entitled to Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits for injuries sustained in an on-the-job accident.

An article from Risk & Insurance explained the plaintiff had several disputes with coworkers and management during her time as an employee of a retail store in Indiana. When a clothing rack injured her, she was put on light duty in another section of the store.

During an overnight stocking shift, the employee approached her supervisor complaining of chest pains. The supervisor and employee exchanged words and the employee left work to go to the emergency room. She was later diagnosed with having had a panic attack complicated by anemia.

The employee never returned to her job, and she was later diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She filed for workers’ compensation benefits claiming her condition was caused by altercations with her co-workers and management.

The court disagreed, saying they were unable to conclude the woman’s condition was caused by her time as an employee at the store. The court went on to explain that just because an injury occurs on-the-job does not necessarily qualify an employee for workers compensation benefits.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the complexities involved with workers’ compensation claims. The firm urges anyone applying for benefits to discuss their legal options with an attorney first.

17
Apr

Indiana Officials Announce Launch of Construction Zone Safety Awareness Campaign

April 17, 2013

April 17, 2013

Fatal Indiana Car Accidents in construction zones have become a serious concern for state officials. In fact, three highway workers were killed last year alone along the state’s roadways. In an effort to combat this problem, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in conducting a Construction Zone Safety Awareness campaign this week.

A story released by WorkersCompensation.com explained the campaign kicked off with words from INDOT Commissioner, Michael Cline, who stated workers in the highway construction industry face a number of daily on-the-job hazards. One of the most dangerous, though, is a fast-moving vehicle.

The campaign is aimed to educate motorists on the importance of slowing down and staying vigilant in highway construction zones with increased police presence. Law enforcement will be watching for motorists who commit safety violations including speeding, reckless behavior, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. Any driver who is caught committing an infraction will be stopped and cited.

Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner, Sean M. Keefer, added his organization will also be working closely with businesses in the state to bring attention to “transportation-related hazards and exposures.”

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to improve highway construction zone safety in Indiana. The firm hopes the campaign will be successful in preventing future collisions.

10
Apr

Worker Killed in Indianapolis Truck Accident

April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

A 45-year-old Indianapolis Department of Public Works employee was killed earlier this week as the result of an Indianapolis Truck Accident. Reports indicate the incident occurred on Monday around 9:45 a.m. near the corner of Bancroft and 35th Streets.

An article released by The Indianapolis Star stated the victim had been riding on the right rear step of a garbage collection truck as he and a 33-year-old driver worked their route together. The driver explained he was attempting to go in reverse when he checked his mirrors and began to back the truck up. He did not see the victim in the mirror, assumed he was on the truck, and began maneuvering the vehicle backwards along 35th.

He was interrupted though when he heard his partner scream. The driver then stopped the truck and rendered aid to his co-worker. The victim was rushed to a local trauma center for treatment, but died a short time later.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the scene to investigate the accident to determine if it could have been prevented. Law enforcement has also launched a criminal investigation into the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of how dangerous working with heavy equipment can be. The firm may be able to help if you have been injured while on the job.

3
Apr

Father of Victim Seeks Answers Following Indiana Motorcycle Accident

April 03, 2013

April 3, 2013

The father of a 19-year-old girl who was killed in an Indiana Motorcycle Accident is going to great lengths ensure someone is held responsible for the loss of his daughter.

According to a story published by WANE News, at around 11 a.m. on June 23, 2011, the girl was riding on the rear of a Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle driven by a 20-year-old male. The pair were heading southbound along Hillegas Road when the 42-year-old driver of a northbound pickup truck slowed to make a left turn from Hillegas onto Goshen Road.

The motorcyclist hit the pickup, which threw the female passenger over his back. The impact with the asphalt left the girl with serious injuries that claimed her life a short time later.

The motorcyclist did not have a proper license to operate the vehicle at the time of the accident, and the pickup failed to yield to the right-of-way of the motorcycle. Despite these facts, no tickets have been issued to either man in connection with the incident.

The lack of action has forced the father to file a lawsuit in his daughter’s name, as well as to hire a private crash reconstruction expert in order to hold someone responsible.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys wish the father the best of luck in his endeavors to get justice for his daughter.